Why we don't offer you a cup of coffee
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Who wants to hang out at a dentist?
At Life Dental & Wellbeing we are sometimes asked why we don’t serve coffee in our Patient Lounge. There are a number of reasons:
First and foremost we don’t believe you should have to be waiting long enough to drink a cup of coffee. We try our best to run to time and as much as we love seeing you why would you want to hang out at the Dentist?
Caffeine affects your health
The caffeine in coffee increases your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy so that’s not what you need. Caffeine as a habit decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease. So that’s not a good idea either. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion and heartburn, along with imbalances in your gut flora.
Caffeine can also mess up your serotonin levels which disrupts sleep and promotes anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated and that is something we are trying to help you stop. Coffee shops on almost every corner inspire a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink. Add a biscuit on the side and we wouldn’t be doing you any favours at all would we?
Oh and it stains your teeth!
Surely a glass of chilled water and a satsuma has got to be better for you?